Samuel Scheidt

Biography

Born: November 3, 1587; Halle, Germany   Died: March 24, 1654; Halle, Germany  
One of the earliest German composers to forge a synthesis of traditional Germanic chorale and counterpoint with the more modern textures emerging from Italy, Samuel Scheidt was a multifaceted composer of music both sacred and secular whose fame, however, rests almost entirely on the excellence of his instrumental music.

Scheidt was born in Halle during the late 1580s, within a year of both Heinrich Schütz and Johann Hermann Schein. Both
Read more would later become friends of Scheidt, and who were engaged, like Scheidt, in the fusion of the musical idioms from northern and southern Europe. Scheidt's father was a municipal official who maintained a number of friendships with prominent local musicians, and encouraged his sons to pursue musical studies. Scheidt attended public school, and was instructed in music by the Kantor of the local Gymnasium, Matthäus Birkner, until he attained the position of organist at the Moritzkirche in Halle in 1604. After resigning the post four years later, Scheidt journeyed to Amsterdam for a period of study with well-known organist Jan Sweelinck, whose music Scheidt would later edit and publish back in Germany.

From 1609 to 1625, Scheidt served as court organist and secular keyboard composer to Christian Wilhelm of Brandenburg, the new administrator of Halle. These were prosperous years for the composer, and after 1619 Scheidt combined his duties as organist with those of kapellmeister, strengthening the instrumental and vocal forces of the court and overseeing the rebuilding of the Mortizkirche organ. Much of Scheidt's better-known music hails from the years immediately following his appointment as Kapellmeister: three separate volumes of instrumental pieces, one collection each of motets and vocal concertos, and the Tabulatura nova, a massive collection of organ music, all which appeared between 1620 and 1624.

In 1625, however, Wilhelm left Halle to fight in the Thirty Years War, and Scheidt was left virtually unemployed. Despite his lack of salary and the departure of most of his musicians for more lucrative positions, Scheidt remained in Halle, earning what he could from teaching and the occasional commission from other cities' courts. He was rewarded for such loyalty in 1628, when Halle created a new and important musical post for him, that of director musices (musical director). A conflict with the Rektor of the local Gymnasium, who claimed, as did Scheidt, to have jurisdiction over the choirboys, resulted in Scheidt's dismissal from the post in 1630. The composer's personal life soon worsened when all of his children died of the plague during a 1636 outbreak.

In 1638, the return of a city administrator (now Duke August of Saxony) brought a renewed musical prosperity to Halle, and Scheidt once again assumed his duties as the city's kapellmeister. He continued to compose music for public and private occasions until his death in 1654 at the age of 66. Read less
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  • 101.
    A Hanseatic Festival
    Label: Deux-elles   Catalog: 1088 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Ernst Altenburg,  Samuel Scheidt,  Thomas Simpson  ... 
    Performer:  Mark Chambers,  Matthew Wadsworth,  James Johnstone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
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  • 102.
    Sonderlich Auff Violen / Pierlot, Ricercar Consort
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 231 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Christoph Schaffrath,  Johann Michael Nicolai,  David Funck,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Philippe Pierlot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort
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  • 103.
    7 Organs / Naoko Imai
    Label: Musica Rediviva   Catalog: 011 Release Date: 09/15/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt,  Johann Ludwig Krebs
    Performer:  Naoko Imai
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  • 104.
    Batailles / Concerto Palatino, Montreal Baroque Band
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22312 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Vierdanck,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  Andrea Falconieri,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Baroque Band,  Concerto Palatino
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  • 105.
    The Baroque Brass Collection /London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble
    Label: Resonance   Catalog: 3013 Release Date: 06/29/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt,  John Stanley,  Johann Christoph Pezel,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble,  London Gabrieli Chorus
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  • 106.
    The Bach Guild - Instrumental Music Of 1600 / Harnoncourt
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1277 Release Date: 03/23/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francois du Caurroy,  Tiburtio Massaino,  Gioseffo Guami,  Giovanni Gabrieli  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
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  • 107.
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 500003 Release Date: 02/03/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giulio Caccini,  Peter Phillips,  Giovanni Palestrina,  John Bull  ... 
    Performer:  Tadashi Miroku
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  • 108.
    Fanfare Ii - A Whirlwind Tour Of 30 More World Famous Organs
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 5001 Release Date: 01/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Matthias Weckmann,  William Henry Harris,  Gustav Adolf Merkel,  Marcel Dupré  ... 
    Performer:  Konstantin Reymaier,  David Briggs,  Adrian Partington,  Jane Watts  ... 
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  • 109.
    Te Deum /  William Picher, Michelle Rego Reatini
    Label: Stemik   Catalog: 5637432525 Release Date: 11/18/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Picher,  Normand Pepin,  Edward H. Tarr,  Gregory Pascuzzi  ... 
    Performer:  William Picher,  Michelle Rego Reatini
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  • 110.
    The Cambridge Singers Christmas Album / Rutter
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 512 Release Date: 10/07/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Tavener,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Peter Warlock,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Varcoe,  Stephen Orton,  Karen Kerslake,  Caroline Ashton  ... 
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 111.
    Fugue Around The Clock / Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 19403 Release Date: 09/09/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Anonymous  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
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  • 112.
    Tanz & Toccata / Martin Sander
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 20023 Release Date: 07/29/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Samuel Scheidt,  Vincent Lübeck,  Nicolaus Bruhns  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Sander
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  • 113.
    The #1 Wedding Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000027402 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John Stanley,  Helen Guy,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Laird,  Peter Hurford,  Placido Domingo,  Wolfgang Marschner  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl-Heinz Loges,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Heinrich Steiner,  Roberto Benzi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 114.
    Historic Organs Of Boston - Thirty-one Historic Pipe Organs
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 20 Release Date: 04/29/2003   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Matthias Weckmann,  John Jenkins,  Louis-Nicolas Clérambault  ... 
    Performer:  Kimberly Ann Hess,  Peter Sykes,  Margaret Irwin-Brandon,  Andrew Scanlon  ... 
    Conductor:  Edith Ho
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Church of the Advent Choir
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  • 115.
    Scene  Scheidt: Tabulatura Nova Vol I / Raml, Landshamer
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 6141155 Release Date: 04/22/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt
    Performer:  Franz Raml,  Christina Landshammer
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  • 116.
    The Sweelinck School Of German Organists / Harrison
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 540 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck,  Melchior Schildt,  Samuel Scheidt,  Heinrich Scheidemann  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Harrison
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  • 117.
    A Feast Of Christmas Carols / Lancelot, Nicholas, Et Al
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 4000 Release Date: 12/24/2002   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  John Tavener,  Peter Cornelius,  Lennox Berkeley  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Layton,  John Scott Whiteley,  Neil Taylor,  Keith Wright
    Conductor:  Philip Moore,  Peter Wright,  Michael Nicholas,  James Lancelot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  York Minster Choir,  Southwark Cathedral Choir,  Norwich Cathedral Choir  ... 
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  • 118.
    The Glory Of Gabrieli / Rolf Smedvig, Empire Brass, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80553 Release Date: 11/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Tallis,  William Byrd,  Orlando de Lassus,  Giovanni Gabrieli  ... 
    Performer:  Rolf Smedvig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Empire Brass
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  • 119.
    A Musical Banquet - Schein, Guami, Etc/ Savall, Hesperion Xx
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 62028 Release Date: 11/05/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Johann Hermann Schein,  Gioseffo Guami,  Andrea Gabrieli  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
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  • 120.
    Awake O North Wind /Headley, Reviol, Van Der Kamp, Tirami Su,
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72103 Release Date: 07/02/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Samuel Scheidt,  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer,  Heinrich Schütz  ... 
    Performer:  Laurie Reviol,  Anna Eriksson,  Suzanne Persson,  Nora Roll  ... 
    Conductor:  Erin Headley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tirami Su
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  • 121.
    Robert Bates In Recital At Lagerquist Hall
    Label: Rezound   Catalog: 5006 Release Date: 02/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Samuel Scheidt,  Robert F. Bates  ... 
    Performer:  Robert F. Bates
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  • 122.
    ...in Dialogue Vol 1 - Buxtehude, Et Al / Bates, Yearsley
    Label: Loft Recordings   Catalog: 1008 Release Date: 10/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Melchior Schildt,  Franz Tunder,  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck,  Johann Adam Reincken  ... 
    Performer:  David Yearsley,  Robert F. Bates
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  • 123.
    Organeum - The Bach Circle Vol 3 / Harald Vogel
    Label: Loft Recordings   Catalog: 2103 Release Date: 10/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gottfried August Homilius,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Performer:  Harald Vogel
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  • 124.
    The Christmas Album / Sumi Jo
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 385819 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Samuel Scheidt,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Performer:  Gottfried Bach,  Hiro Kurosaki,  Sumi Jo
    Conductor:  Michael Schneider
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Vocal Ensemble,  Cappella Coloniensis
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  • 125.
    Intermezzo - Pachelbel, Et Al / Munich Trombone Quartet
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 97469 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Bernhard Etzel,  Julius Fucik  ... 
    Performer:  Volker Hensiek,  Thomas Horch,  Ulrich Pförtsch,  Dany Bonvin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Trombone Quartet
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